Oh Canada

Original Text: 
First published in 1965; then in The New Romans, ed. Al Purdy (Edmonton, AB: M. G. Hurtig, 1968), The Sad Truths (Toronto: Peter Martin Associates, 1974): 37; and now in All the Poems of John Robert Colombo (Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2005).
1Canada could have enjoyed:
2    English government,
3            French culture,
4                    and American know-how.
5Instead it ended up with:
6    English know-how,
7            French government,
8                    and American culture.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh
RPO Edition: 
Special Copyright: 

"Oh Canada," from <i>All the Poems of John Robert Colombo</i>, copyright &#169;2005 by John Robert Colombo. Reprinted by permission of
the author.